Concern for the environment is one of the main reasons that AGD invested in a husk-feed boiler. This piece of equipment, installed at the General Deheza plant, produces the steam required for industrial processes, using sunflowerseed and groundnut husks as a renewable fuel, achieving a reduction of carbon dioxide of 31,000 tons per year.
The production processes at the plants for bottling edible oils, and at the plants for processing raw peanuts, peanut butter and shelled and toasted peanuts, are ISO 9001-certified, assuring the quality of the processes used to produce foods for human consumption.
The seed’s plant in Chazón, in the province of Córdoba, is also ISO 9001 certified. In addition, the plants used for crushing oilseeds have a GMP B2 (quality control of Feed Material for animal Feed) certification, which is required for the export of products to the European Union.
Another goal on international certifications was achieved during 2009 with the obtention of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Norms Certification for Alejandro Roca and General Deheza Peanut Plants. This goal represents a Company commitment in sustainable and responsible managment, involving aspects like Human Resources, Health and Safety for emploees, Company Integrity and enviromental Policy.
In addition, all Peanut Plants are certified by BRC (British Retail Consortium) standard that specifies the criteria for safety and quality of food required to a processing company to be able to provide products to the most important markets worldwide.
The commitment undertaken by Aceitera General Deheza in preserving the environment was ratified by the United Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when this organization certified the reduction in gas emissions that cause greenhouse effect in the industrial processes of the plants located in General Deheza.
In this way, AGD became the first company in the food industry and one of the ten argentine companies to obtain this certification that shows the commitment with the environment preservation.
With the CERs (Certified Emission Reductions) granted by UN, on April 9th 2007, AGD will obtain 31.000 annual carbon bonds during 21 years, as of 2008.